11.27.2008

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you gobble til you wobble!

11.13.2008

The Great Move

So I believe the blog will be in a bit of a hiatus for the next few days. The husband and I are moving starting Sunday and I don't really see myself sitting down to sew between now and then (or potentially a few days after). I could be wrong - it's happened before - although you didn't hear that from me! I have a few tasty treats I'm wanting to bake so you never know. I guess this was pointless? Haha.

I have more big news! It's finally here, tomorrow I pick up my husband (7 hours from here - to say the least) after his last official day being employed by someone else. We are officially self employed Saturday morning November 15th, 2008. I will miss traveling the nation, and of course traveling Texas to see (very) remote places I've never seen before. Of course, I'll always have the memories and photographs (especially of Washington!) to cherish.

So I leave you with one of my very favorite pictures of Washington. Taken on the Wildhorse wind project on Whiskey Dick Mountain just between Ellensburg and Vantage, WA. If you look closely you can see Mt. Ranier.
















11.12.2008

Thanksgiving Menu and Recipe

So I have really only just come to the realization that Thanksgiving is a mere 2 weeks away. With that being said I have sat down this morning to figure out the menu. I'll officially have 9!

  • Turkey (obviously) - not sure yet if we are smoking it again or going to attempt frying it.
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing - Recipe for this below - provided by Good Housekeeping
  • Regular Stuffing
  • Orange Salad
  • Cranberry Sauce - Of the canned variety, call me lazy.
  • Twice baked sweet potatoes
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Cresent Rolls - again out of a can!

And the obvious obligatory desserts of Pecan and Pumpkin Pies. Probably also some fudge because my brother hates pie of any variety.

It'll be a mad scramble the week of Thanksgiving. My inlaws will be moving to Canada on Saturday and have taken their whole house. We are turning back our rent house and moving into theirs until they come back (2+ years). So we'll be going crazy trying to get moved!

Onward to the recipe. I can honestly say that I am definitely not a fan of stuffing (it's the soggy bread texture, just awful) not until this stuffing came into my life last year - its really, really good if you like spicy foods.

Like I say I'm a fairly lazy person - I love Jiffy Cornbread I made 2 boxes of it last year for this recipe

Ingredients

  • 3tbs Margarine
  • 4 Medium Carrots (cut into 1/4 dice)
  • 3 Medium Celery Stalks (" ")
  • 2 large Onions ("")
  • 2 Medium jalapeno peppers (seeded and minced) (Here I substitued fresh jalapenos for pickled - I just used about a half cup)
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen whole-kernel corn (thawed)
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth

Prepare cornbread and set aside - or make one day in advance and refridgerate.

Preheat oven to 325. In a 12 inch skillet melt 1 TBS margarine or butter over medium heat. Add carrots and celery, and cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to large bowl.

In same skillet melt remaining 2 TBS margarine or butter over medium heat; add onions and jalaepenos and cooke 10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn, chicken broth and 1/3 cup water; heat to boiling, stirring. Transfer onion mixture to bowl with vegetables. Crumble corn bread into vegetable mixture; Toss gently to mix well.

Spoon stuffing into a 13x9 glass pan; cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or until heated through.

11.07.2008

My favorite quilt

Craft show time is here. I leave tonight for the show in the morning. I've made 2 quilts, 3 pillows, 4 spoon angels, and numerous keychains and clothespin people. I wanted to quickly post (my truck is actually running in the driveway) about my favorite quilt. The one red sqare is all that was pieced and it makes it just a very simple yet stunning (In My Opinion) quilt. Hope you like!
Wish me luck!

11.04.2008

I'm back

I'm back from my trip with quite a photography post. Nothing really more to say than that so on with the pictures!